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Although I don't so many headaches as I used to when I was younger I still get them quite regularly which are probably bought on by too much time sitting at a computer screen. I have tried most remedies over the years but had never used anything like this before quite recently. I bought it from a small independent local chemist and paid £4.00 as it was on offer. It is widely available in chemists, supermarkets and online and costs from £3.60 to £5.00.
This stick contains pure levomenthol which is a type of peppermint and a natural painkiller which gets to the pain straight away and starts to work to ease the pain and throbbing of a headache. It is only 3.6g so is quite small but I have used mine now about half a dozen times and it has hardly gone down at all so I am sure it will last me for a good while yet.
To use it you just twist it up like a lipstick and then rub it across your forehead at the site of the pain which only takes a few seconds. My skin feels cooler instantly and the pain of the headache seems to start to ease along with some of the tense tight feeling that I get, although I have found that it does take about ten minutes or so for it to penetrate deeper. Although it feels a bit wax like as it is going onto your skin it doesn't leave any marks and is not greasy or sticky.
The benefits of using a stick compared to tablets is that you can use it as often as you need and there are no side effects and you can use it at home, at work, in the car or really anywhere. Also some people find it hard to swallow tablets so it is ideal if you are one of those people. It is small enough to keep in your handbag or pocket so you always have it with you if you are susceptible to headaches and it is suitable for all the family.
I do like this headache stick and will continue to use it. I think it is good for mild to moderate headaches but I don't think it would be strong enough for a migraine. I think it is cost effective as you only need a small amount, it is easily portable as it is so small and you can use it anywhere at anytime. I am very glad that I bought this product and will definitely buy another one when this one has eventually ran out.
Mouth ulcers are extremely painful as anyone who has had one will know and they don't generally seem to go on their own very quickly so need a bit of help. This Aloclair spray was actually given to me by my mom when I had a really painful mouth ulcer which just wasn't healing. It is only 15ml so is a very small bottle but it is supposed to be enough for 100 sprays so it should last for some time. It was almost new when we I was given it and has probably been used for approximately 20 sprays and it still seems to be quite full.
To use you just need to point the opening in the nozzle towards the ulcer in your mouth and are instructed to spray it three or four times a day or more if needed. It forms an invisible barrier over the ulcer so it can start to heal and it does not contain alcohol so there is no sting when it goes on. I found that I only used it for a couple of days using 2 sprays twice a day and found that my ulcer started to go down very quickly and the roughness disappeared so I didn't keep catching it with my teeth. Also the pain which is caused by your nerve endings being exposed due to the ulcer breaking through the top layer of your skin felt much calmer and cooler even after the first application.
You should not eat or drink for at least an hour after using this spray as it forms a protective barrier to help the inflammation go down so you don't want to wash this away. It does not sting at all and it starts to sooth the pain and discomfort straight away after applying. It is supposed to last for up to six hours but I would say that it lasted around three to four for me and then I used it again.
The ingredients include Aloe Vera extract which help to ease pain and stop irritation and it is safe it accidentally swallowed. You do sometimes swallow a small amount if you swallow just after or as you are spraying but there is not much taste to it other than a slightly medicated taste but this is not unpleasant.
This is a very effective product for mouth ulcers and it can also be used for chafing and irritation which can be caused by braces. It is easy to apply and is very hygienic as you don't have to touch the ulcer with your fingers so contamination is kept to a minimum. I am sure that you can get cheaper brands than this but I can say that this one has worked well for me and I would buy it again.
Since I was in my forties I have always used eye cream and although I have definitely got a few laughter lines they don't seem to have gotten much worse over the years. I am not particularly loyal to one brand of eye cream and like to have a change from time to time and will buy whatever takes my fancy and also what is on offer at the time.
I recently bought this Garnier Ultralift Complete Beauty Eye Cream from Superdrug and paid £5.76. It is currently £8.99 at Boots and £9.87 at Lloyds and is also widely available from other chemists, supermarkets and online. This cream is designed to un-crease the skin around the eye area and leave your skin feeling firmer and looking smoother and Garnier claim that you will be able to notice a difference after just one hour.
It comes in a red and white box with the usual list of ingredients and instructions for use. The tube is only 15ml and it is red and white and soft and squeezy to the touch. It has a small white screw top lid with a thin nozzle where the cream comes out and as it is narrow it is easy to direct and apply the cream to the desired areas so there is no waste.
I will use this cream before I go to bed after cleaning and toning but before applying my moisturiser or night cream as I find I get the best results this way. I will dab a few dots of the cream underneath my eyes and then very gently rub it in using small sweeping movements towards the outside of my eyes. Your skin is very delicate in this area so you should try not to rub too hard or for too long. The cream is quite thick so it stays on my face until I rub it in and it doesn't run. It has a light fresh smell but this is only very mild and delicate and you can only smell it when you first squeeze it out as it fades when you apply it to your skin.
It absorbs nicely into my skin and doesn't leave it looking greasy or shiny at all. This is the first time I have used this product but similar sized brands I have used will probably last me for around three months. I have noticed that the area around my eyes looks brighter and my skin appears to be smooth and firm. I would not say that this cream is better than others I have used but as my skin looks as firm as it did before this cream is working just as well as more expensive brands.
I always keep some earplugs in my bedside drawer as my husband has a tendency to snore especially if he is in a deep sleep. I have bought many different types and brands over the years but the last ones I bought were this pack of 2 Earfit foam earplugs and paid just £1.75 from a local chemist.
These earplugs are made of foam and they seem to mould into the shape of your ear and are very easy to fit. They are a light yellow colour and they come with easy to follow instructions as to how to use them and to obtain the maximum benefit from them as if earplugs are not fitted properly they won't be very effective.
These foam ear plugs are soft and pliable and are very comfortable to wear. They can be used to protect your ears against noise and infections and are also suitable for swimming or any other sport where you may want to protect your ears from noise or from water. I have only worn them at night time but I would happily wear them in the daytime if I needed to as they are quite discreet.
I have never experienced these plugs coming out until I am ready to remove them and this is done easily just by pinching the end and pulling gently. I have used other plugs and have often found them in the bed the next morning, but I think that because these are foam and also if you fit them correctly they are a very secure fit and do not budge.
I have discovered that I can use a pair of these plugs about five or six times before they start to become a bit worn and flat so they are good value. If you can get these for £1.75 they are a fantastic bargain as they really are good quality ear plugs, they are easy to fit and comfortable to wear, and most importantly they allow me to sleep without interruption.
I was given this Sox elastic mobile phone sock by my sister who had it for a gift and just didn't use it. She knew that I like these stretchy phone cases so gave it to me. I have a Samsung Galaxy Mini 4 which this sock fits perfectly but it can fit almost any phone. The good thing about this phone sock is that it is stretchy so within reason you would be able to fit any mobile phone in it, but obviously if you have a really small phone however it could fall out in your bag or pocket. It feel soft and stretchy to the touch and it is a soft knitted striped fabric with navy blue and light blue stripes and it has a fold over top which helps to keep your phone secure. It is ribbed which is how it moulds round your phone and keeps it secure and it has a silver clip on the top for you to attach it to a belt or bag or anything else which you can clip it onto. As this is blue it would be suitable for both sexes and for any age and my daughter has said that she would like one like this.
You can also use this case for iPods, MP3 players and small gaming consoles so it is very veratile. I love this jazzy mobile phone sock and as it is so bright it is easy to find at the bottom of my bag or my drawer at work. I know that a lot of people who have iPhones will use the hard casing for them but this sock is perfect for my Samsung phone and does a great job of keeping it safe and prevents it from being scratched by my keys or anything else hard in my bag or pocket. This is a good quality mobile phone sock which I am happy to use and to recommend to others.
I bought this Caudalie cleansing water for £8.50 from Amazon which is a good price as it can sell for up to £16.00 I have recently been using cleansing water rather than regular cleansers as I find them to be very gentle yet they still remove all my make up. This cleansing water comes in a 200ml plastic bottle with a screw top and it gives you the list of ingredients and instructions for use on the bottle.
It is soap free and has been opthamologically and dermatologically tested and is suitable for the most sensitive skin. As it is a cleansing water it is clear so you do have to be a bit careful how much you are tipping out as you could use a bit too much at a time. I will tip the bottle onto a cleansing pad just the once and find that this gives me enough cleansing water to cover a large section of the pad. I will then cleanse my face with the pad and usually find that one application is enough, but if I am wearing quite a lot of make up I will tip the bottle up again onto the pad.
I think it feels very refreshing on my skin and also quite cooling. I am always surprised at how much dirt is on the cleansing pad after use. There is a nice fresh cucumber fragrance but it it not strong or overpowering. My skin always feels very fresh and clean afterwards and I will then apply my moisturiser or night cream and I find it always goes on well after using this cleansing water. I find that I never get any residue or greasy feeling as I sometimes do with cleansers and I am happy that my face is completely clean. I do recommend this cleansing water and would say that if you have never used one, then this is a great one to try.
I am a fan of Caudalie products and am always happy to receive them as gifts for birthday and Christmas which my family often remember so I often get them bought for me which is lovely. I had this Caudalie deep cleansing exfoliator as part of a set for my last birthday which I am currently using. You can pay up to £18 for this but you can get it quite a bit cheaper online.
It is 150ml size and comes in a white and green tube. This scrub contains seal salts and essential oils and it smells lovely and fresh, and as I am applying it the smell comes out even more and it stays on my skin for some time afterwards even though it is washed off. I think that this is due to the exfoliation part as the little bits seem to go a bit deeper into your skin.
I would describe the scrub as a rich cream with lots of little grains all the way through it, and to use I will step under the shower to make sure my skin is wet and then squeeze some cream out onto my sponge or spa glove and then rub into my skin using small circular motions. It does lather up as I am using it so it spreads easily on my skin and I can feel the grains rubbing away at the surface of my skin but it is not unpleasant at all. When I am happy that I have rubbed it into the required areas I will stand back under the shower and rinse it off and it does rinse off very easily even with the little grains in it.
When I have finished my skin feels a bit tingly but it does feel very fresh and clean. I will always apply a nice body moisturiser afterwards and it does seem to soak in well and leaves me with lovely soft feeling skin.. By exfoliating on a regular basis I know I am getting rid of any dead skin cells and helping to improve my circulation and I am always glad when I have done it even though I do put it off sometimes as it does take longer than a normal shower.
It lasts for twelve months from the time of opening but I would always have used it within this time. I think that this is an effective exfoliating scrub which lathers up well, smells lovely and it does make my skin feel clean and nourished. I use this along with other Caudalie products and think it is a good quality product and I do recommend it.
I am a big fan of Olay creams as they are very widely available and are a lot cheaper than a lot of other similar brands. Olay do a wide range of night creams for different ages which are all around the same price range. I have bought this Anti Wrinkle Firming night cream several times and have always paid around the £6 mark for it, although the recommended retail price is £9.99.
It comes in an attractive gold and black box and the tub is white plastic with a black screw lid which has a small dome in the centre. It contains vitamin B3 and E and Provitamin B5 and also macadamia nut oil, but there are also absolutely loads of other ingredients which I won't list as there are so many. This could put some people off especially if they have allergies to certain things but I have always found this cream to be very suitable for my skin. It doesn't really have a particular smell other than a fresh clean smell which you can smell when you open the tub and apply it but it doesn't linger on your skin after you have applied the cream.
The cream is white and is thick but smooth in consistency and when you first open the tub the cream is swirled into a small peak in the middle. I will dab small spots of the cream on my forehead, cheeks and chin and then rub it in gently using small circular movements. It does spread easily and although it is quite rich it does absorb into my skin quickly and doesn't leave a film or a greasy feeling on my face. I will usually apply the cream directly before going to bed and I have never noticed any marks on my pillow. My skin does feel soft straight away and I am happy that I have applied sufficient moisture on it to last the night and to work away while I am sleeping.
Olay claim that this intensive cream will nourish your skin while you sleep and improve elasticity which will help to give you a fresh revitalised look in the morning. It is also said to restore moisture due to skin ageing, environmental factors and hormonal changes so it is ideal for women going through the change where your hormones do affect the appearance and feel of your skin.
I am pleased with the results that this cream gives me, my skin does look fresh in the morning and although it doesn't completely get rid of lines and wrinkles it does help to minimise them and makes my skin just look generally smoother and healthier. I would highly recommend this night cream, it does exactly the same as far more expensive brands and is widely available.
I have always got some antacid tablets in the house as I am prone to getting indigestion and heartburn especially after a big meal. My symptoms of heartburn are a burning feeling and then occasionally I get a nasty tasting liquid in my throat, and when I have indigestion I have a pain usually around my rib area which is really uncomfortable. I do prefer tablets rather than the liquid variety as they usually very chalky in consistency.
These extra strength Tums come in a plastic container and contain 75 tablets and I paid £2.95 from Tesco. They are widely available from supermarkets, chemists and online and prices range from £2.19 to £3.59. There are the usual ingredients and instructions for use on the back of the container which is transparent so you can see how many tablets there are left and the clip off top is easy to open and close.
The flavours are lemon and lime, blackcurrant, orange and strawberry and they do taste very much of these fruits. I do like the taste of all the flavours and have no particular favourite so I am never left with just one flavour in the tub. It is recommended that you have one or two tablets when required but not to exceed more than sixteen tablets in twenty four hours. You can take them if you are pregnant but it is advised not to take more than seven in this period and they are also suitable for children over the age of twelve but I wouldn't think that many children would really need these.
You can either suck or chew the tablets and I personally will suck them slowly until they have dissolved completely as I don't like the way they stick in my teeth if I chew them, but this is down to your personal preference how you take them. I would say that it takes about five minutes for a tablet to dissolve and I am left with a pleasant fruity taste in my mouth afterwards. My symptoms start to reduce fairly quickly and I usually only have to take one or two for sufficient relief.
They are a pleasant taste and are a bit different than the usual peppermint/spearmint flavours, and they do work quickly to reduce the symptoms of heartburn and indigestion but obviously if your symptoms persist you should seek medical advice. I would definitely buy these again and recommend them to provide you with relief from the pain of indigestion and heartburn.
Whenever I play golf I always make sure that I have a golf towel as they are so useful to clean your clubs, your balls and your hands and almost anything else that needs a quick wipe. I bought this Motora Tri-Fold clip towel from my local golf shop and paid £7.50 and they came in blue and black. I bought the blue one as I thought it was a nice bright shade of blue but was still dark enough to not show all the marks and dirt. These towels are available at golf shops and online and the prices range from £7.50 to £10.99.
It is 16 inches by 21 inches and the material is cotton velour which is very soft to the touch. It has the Motora logo and word in white at the bottom of the towel. It has a tri fold construction which as suggested folds it over three times for ease of storage. This makes it thin but still quite long so you just have to make sure that it is not hanging down the back if you have a pull trolley as it can get caught up in the wheels. There is a metal swivel clip which you attach to your bag on one of the many clips so you don't have to worry about dropping or losing it when you are playing.
It is very absorbent and mops up moisture quickly and easily. If the ground is a bit damp or moist I will usually give all of my clubs a very quick wipe over with the towel and the same with my balls. It is also useful to dry your hands if the weather is wet as it is hard to grip your club if your hand is not completely dry and they can also become sore.
I just throw this towel in the washing machine when it gets too dirty, I would say that on average I will wash it every two or three times I use it unless it is particularly muddy and I have used it for my shoes as well as my clubs and balls. As it is a soft cotton material it dries very quickly and I find that if I wash it when I come home from golf it is ready to use the next day. I recommend this golf towel, it is good quality, absorbent and it is a useful addition to my golfing gear.
I will always wear golf socks when I am playing golf as they are made specifically to wear with golf shoes and are usually padded for extra comfort. I bought these Ping Collection Vive golf socks last year from a small golfing shop near to where I live and they came in a pack of two pairs for £8.00. They can retail for up to £6.00 a pair so this was a very good price.
I have bought other Ping golf accessories and have always found them to be very good quality and very hard wearing. These socks come in black or white and I chose the white which I think are more feminine although like most white socks they will probably lose their colour after a time. They have a grey stripe around the ankle and a grey section around the toe, heel and bottom of the sock. They are 80 per cent cotton, 18 per cent polyamide and 2 per cent elastane which gives them their stretchiness.
They have a soft layer of padding on the sole of the foot which feels quite thick but when you put your shoes on it doesn't feel bulky but just soft and comfortable. There is a pink edging to the ankle and a small pink ribbon on the side which is sewn on securely. They only come in one size which fits shoe sizes four to seven, so will fit the majority of women's feet. I am a size five and they fit perfectly and are not loose or too tight.
I have worn these golf socks several times and have found them to be very comfortable. I have got some 1000 mile socks which have a double layer to prevent rubbing or chafing and I can say that these socks are comparable but were much cheaper. I have worn them with different golf shoes which have not rubbed me at all and the padding in the socks has helped to prevent the hot feeling you can get from walking in hard shoes for a period of time.
I have been very pleased with these Ping golf socks, they are very comfortable to wear and they wash and dry very well. I would definitely buy more of the same and recommend them for others.
These sachets are something which I will always keep in my medicine box as I think they are essential if you get an upset stomach as it can last for a good few days and as well as being very unpleasant it can also be quite painful. I last paid around £4.00 for these Blackcurrent Dioralyte sachets but they are widely available from chemists and supermarkets and the price ranges from £3.03 to £6.00. They contain glucose, sodium chloride, potassium chloride and disodium hydrogen citrate amongst other ingredients.
There are six sachets in the box and they have quite a strong taste of citrus but with a sort of artificial sweet taste as well but it is quite pleasant to take. They are meant to replace the essential salts and water which you lose after having a bad stomach as they help to slow down the waste so that your body retains more fluids, as acute dehydration can be very dangerous and most people don't realise that they have it.
They are suitable for both adults and children, with adults having one or two sachets as required and children having just the one sachet. Infants under the ages of two can also have one to one and a half times the normal 24 hour feed volume. To prepare you simply dissolve a sachet in approximately 200ml of water and stir it well before drinking and when it is made you can keep it in the fridge for up to twenty fours which is useful if you think you may need some in the night as it is already there for you and saves mixing it up in the middle of the night. You do have to stir it quite a bit or you will get little gritty bits left at the bottom which taste quite strong as they are concentrated, however I always find that it tastes a bit stronger as I am getting to the end.
Obviously if your symptoms persist after 48 hours you should consult your GP as you may need some stronger medication. When I have used these sachets I have only ever had to take them for one day as they seem to work quickly for me, however I have always made sure that I drink a lot of water at the same time so maybe this also helps. These sachets are good to give you a helping hand to replace essential fluids and are also very useful to pop in your case if you are going away on holiday, just in case.
Although I don't use facial wash every day I do like to use it at least once a week as I feel that it gets deeper into my skin than facial wipes. I will usually use a facial wash at the weekend when I have more time to give myself a bit more pampering and will follow this with an exfoliator or a face mask, however it is suitable for daily use if this is something you want to or need to use every day.
I love the smell of Cuticura and have been buying this Cuticura cucumber daily facial wash for a few years now and I bought this for £1 at a local discount store which I think is a really good price as it is a 200ml tube so is a decent size and it will usually last me for at least three months.
Cuticura have been around for a long time and are a well known and trusted brand and all their products have a fresh unique smell which is unique to Cuticura, as this facial wash also has. It has a mild formulation and is suitable for sensitive skin and it contains Aloe Vera, natural cucumber extract and Allantoin which are gentle and soothing on your skin.
It comes in a soft tube which you squeeze gently to dispense the liquid. I will usually squeeze around a ten pence piece size which I find is enough for my face. I will rub my hand together until the liquid starts to lather up and then apply it to my skin rubbing gently all over my face including my eyes and neck area. It does not sting or irritate my eyes which is good as I don't have to avoid them when I am using it. It lathers up very quickly and feels quite a rich thick consistency and does not disappear until I am ready to wash it off. I will splash my face with warm water until I am happy that all of the lather has gone.
I find that this facial wash does get rid of every last bit of dirt and make up from my face and leaves it feeling revitalised and refreshed. I think that my face looks smoother and clearer and my make up always seems to look better after using the face wash. I have bought far more expensive facial washes previously and they don't seem to do anything which this product doesn't so I will definitely buy this one again. It has a lovely fresh clean smell and leaves my skin feeling clean but soft and smooth and if you can pick it up for £1 it is excellent value.
When I saw this Gold Spot mint spray in a local pound shop I bought it straight away as I used to use this many years ago but had not seen it for sale for some time. It comes in a small blue box which gives you the ingredients and instructions for use and the box contains the small mouth spray.
The ingredients are Aqua, Alcohol, Glycerin, Aroma, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil , Sodium, Saccharin , Cetylpyridinium, Chloride and Limonene. The spray itself is only 11ml and is quite small so it could get lost in the bottom of a large bag but it is easy to slip into your pocket or a small pocket in your bag or briefcase. It is advised to keep it away from your eyes but unless you spray it directly into your eyes this shouldn't be a problem.
The Gold Spot instant breath freshener comes in a small blur bottle which a tiny cap which you pull off to use. This is very easy to drop so you do have to be careful with it. I will always hold the cap while I am spraying and then I have it ready to clip back on afterwards. It has a spray top nozzle which you simply aim into your mouth and press the nozzle. I will hold the spray almost inside my mouth and then usually spray it just once unless I have just eaten a particularly strong curry or something with a lot of garlic in and then I will spray it twice and then repeat as often as necessary. You can taste the mintyness straight away and it is quite tingly on your tongue but is not unpleasant.
I have had my current one for around three months and although I am not sure how much is left as it is light anyway it is showing no signs of running out. I would say that on average I will use it about twice a week. I think that this is ideal to carry round for when you need a bit of freshness in your mouth, either after eating strong food or if you are out all day and want to recreate that just brushed feeling.
It would also be good for the morning after the night before when you have that awful stale taste in your mouth that no amount of drinks can mask, however I have not had cause to use it for this. Note to self - must go out more! I am glad that I bought this breath spray as it does get rid of nasty tastes and freshens my breath whenever I need it.
I always keep some tablets in the house for when I get indigestion or heartburn which I occasionally get after I have overindulged with food and drink. I am not particularly loyal to one brand and have probably tried the majority of them over the years. These Gavilast tablets were recommended to me by a friend so I though I would give them a go. I bought these from Tesco and paid £2.49 which does seem a bit expensive as there are only 12 tablets, however I only usually have to take one at a time so this packet will probably last me for about three months or even more.
These tablets are made to provide relief for indigestion, acid indigestion, heartburn and excess acid so they are a good all round remedy. They are quite a small tablet and are very easy to swallow and I have occasionally taken them without water and have had not problems swallowing them whole. Unlike tablets which you have to chew you don't get a nasty aftertaste with these and you cannot taste anything at all which I like.
The directions are to take one to two tablets as and when required but not to exceed twenty four tablets in any twenty four hour period. They are suitable for adults and children over the age of twelve. There have only been a few occasions when I have had to take two tablets but one usually works for me. I can usually notice a difference almost as soon as I have finished the tablet as it seems to cool and calm any acid which I am experiencing and my indigestion subsides so I feel a lot more comfortable.
I do like these Gavilast tablets as they are easy to carry round in your bag or your pocket and they don't leave you with a nasty or chalky taste in your mouth. I find them vey effective and would recommend them to anyone who suffers with the symptoms of heartburn and indigestion.
They are widely available from supermarkets, chemists and online and the prices range from £2.48 to £3.19 and they are a product which I would definitely buy again.